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17 July 2017

Monitoring Chronic Wasting Disease

More news from the Scottish Game Fair where Norwegian Kenneth Larsen congratulated John Bruce on his work monitoring CWD in North America and Norway. He thanked John particularly for his work in providing information
on the BDS website as an accurate summary of world news, new summary attached. 13.3.17

Visit the CWD page on the BDS website

17 July 2017

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17 July 2017

Claws out as Kielder lynx campaigners drift apart

A number of people working with the Lynx UK Trust, including scientists from the University of Cumbria, have broken away to establish their own group, to be called the Lynx Project, which they intend to set up as a charity. They have written to local farmers and landowners saying that they
wish to see more consultation with the Kielder and Tarset community before applying for a formal release license. Hexham Courant 6.7.17

17 July 2017

1000th Incident Recording Book distributed at Scone

At the recent GWCT Scottish Game Fair BDS’s John Bruce, the Poaching & Coursing Priority Group Chair
for PAW (Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime) Scotland, handed out the 1000th copy of the Incident Recording Book. In circulation for a year the breadth and length of Scotland, the notebook enables wildlife crime incident details to be accurately recorded by anyone giving the police better information to
apprehend criminals. 13.7.17

11 July 2017

BDS Internet Auction 2017 raises over £30,000

The BDS annual auction hosted on eBay at the end of May raised over £30k for the Society. Many of the sporting lots received over 300 viewings apiece and with slightly fewer than usual lots available in this category, bidding was often fierce. There were a good number of fishing lots up for grabs too, some fantastic holiday lets, delicious food and an amazing selection of countryside accessories, prints and books.

BDS would like to thank most warmly its very generous donors who give their time and contributions to support our education and research projects. We would also like to thank all the bidders too without whom there could be no auction!!!

It won’t be long before we will begin collecting lots for next year so please do let us know if you would like to contribute by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11 July 2017

DSC2 Approved Witness Applications - update

DSC2 AW Applications: DMQ have recently suspended all new applications to become Approved Witnesses pending the development of a new application system. Further updates will be given in due course

11 July 2017

Best Practice support from BDS

The British Deer Society has agreed to support the core services of Wild Deer Best Practice for the next three years.

At the Scottish Game Fair in Scone last weekend John Bruce of BDS formally handed a pledge of funds to Alastair MacGugan, Scottish Natural Heritage.

11 July 2017

Wolves and brown bears could return to British countryside to 'naturally cut deer population'

Conservationists are hoping to bring back wolves to the British countryside within the next 20 years.

The Wildwood Trust, which has successfully helped reintroduce beavers, water voles, pine martins and dormice to parts of the UK where they had become extinct, now wants to start ‘rewilding’ the country with larger creatures. The Telegraph, 30.6.17